Fresh on the heels of the January 2018 release of Amoretum Vol. 1, German Riffonauts BLACK SPACE RIDERS are back with its follow-up, Amoretum Vol. 2.
The songs on Amoretum Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 were composed during the summer of 2017, and subsequently recorded and produced in a single rush of creativity. The band decided to release the more than two hours of music that came from their three-month writing session in two different parts. As BLACK SPACE RIDERS’ 6th album, AmoretumVol. 2 is a continuation – a second book – but it also exists as a completely autonomous work.
Is Vol. 2 the rebellious older sister of Vol. 1, or the young, untamed brother? Maybe …
Amoretum Vol. 2 explores the tension between darkness (fear, hate, rejection) and light (empathy, love, acceptance). The albums were titled Amoretum – a blend of “Amor” (or Cupid, as translated from German) and “Arboretum” – as a symbolic reference to the sanctuary of nature and love. While this concept applies to both albums, Vol. 2 is a storm raging through the Garden of Love!
A wild, 14-track ride awaits. Hard, fast heavy rockers morph into new wave indie sounds and even postpunk loses its “post.” Psychedelic triphop meets dub reggae roots and then ends in a loud rush of psychedelic riffs.
Sonically, Amoretum Vol. 2 delivers a massive, atmospheric, hypnotic, sometimes raw and sometimes tender sound. This, with all the joy of experimentation, is held together by a band that never wants to stop. With all the movement and all the detours, Vol. 2 still manages to sound like one coherent entity. The common thread is in the sound, groove, melody and atmosphere that permeates everything and leads you through this epic journey.
BLACK SPACE RIDERS will release Amoretum Vol. 2 July 27 on double vinyl (w/ CD), digipack CD and digital formats.
Music written and arranged by JE and C.RIP with SEB, SLI, MEI and SAQ
Lyrics by JE & SEB
Produced by ROLE and JE
Recorded July-September 2017 by Role Wiegner at »Die Tonmeisterei« (Oldenburg)
Mixed & mastered November 2017 by Role Wiegner at »Die Tonmeisterei« (Oldenburg)
Cover by Jakob Maser, Band photography by Hanno H. Endres
BLACK SPACE RIDERS are:
JE: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Organ, Piano, Electronics
SEB: Lead vocals, Keyboards, Electronics
C.RIP: Drums, Percussion, Didgeridoo
MEI: Bass Guitar